Jurassic World 2 is in full-bore pre-production!

Earlier today we learned that the Jurassic World sequel – working title: Ancient Futures – will begin production on February 27th, 2017 in Hawaii. While we are unsure of the plot, the production team is hard at work prepping the film for production, as confirmed by producer Frank Marshall who recently spoke with Collider’s Steve Weintraub:

“We’re in pre-production. In fact I just got back from London meeting with Juan Antonio and the production designer, we’re designing, he’s doing storyboards. We’re in full-boar pre-production to start shooting sometime early next Spring.”

“As a director Bayona has his input, but Colin and Derek are writing the script. So there have been numerous meetings, and we have the template for the movie. Of course he’s putting in his own ideas and taking ownership of it, but it’s pretty much the original story they came up with.”

 “We set the bar pretty high. For me, it’s always about story. As long as the action sequences move the story forward, that’s what’s important. I think we’re just having to look and see how we can involve the characters in the story with whatever dinosaurs we have in the action sequences. It’s a challenge, but it’s a healthy challenge.”

We now know that the sequel will feature the islands in some way or another, and it’s good to hear that pre-production is in full swing. Be sure to let us know in the comments section below what you’d like to see in the movie!

Source: Collider

Exclusive: Jurassic World 2 to begin production February 2017; Returning to Hawaii

The news keeps roaring in, and this time it answers a big question: will the islands return? The answer is yes. ‘Ancient Futures’ will begin production in Hawaii on February 27th, 2017! We have exclusively learned (and confirmed) this in conjunction with Reel News Hawaii, so be sure to give them some love as well.


It’s unclear yet if this is the filming start date, or when production will gear up with crew building sets in preparation of filming. Considering the alleged start date in other locales, it seems plausible to be when filming will begin. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes and ears open in hopes of clarifying this.

The primary part of production will take place in London, likely at Pinewood Studios – though it seems other locales will be used as well. Speaking to Wired Magazine Colin Trevorrow stated:

“[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island, that’ll get old real fast. […] What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?”

With that in mind, it seems safe to assume the Hawaii shoot will be more abbreviated than usual, with the majority of the film taking place elsewhere.

Be sure to stay tuned. Updates keep stomping in, and as we learn more, we’ll share more! If you have news you want us to report, be sure to let us know! Otherwise, sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think about the return of Hawaii!

Thanks again to Reel News Hawaii for helping us discover this!

Chronicle Collectibles unveil impressive Jurassic Park & World lineup at SDCC

It’s taken 26 years, but we finally have a huge lineup of high end collectibles based around the Jurassic franchise coming out. Chronicle Collectibles has spared no expense bringing the franchise to life, and they’re showing it off in full force at San Diego Comic Con 2016. Start saving up and find a second job, because there is no way to pass any of this up!


Thanks to Steven Ray Morris on Twitter, we have pictures of their booth! On display from old to new (with links to item pages for previously announced products included):

Wow! We’re gonna need a bigger collecting display. Yes, you read that right – we’re finally getting an accurate Alan Grant figure. If you’re familiar with ‘Hot Toys’ then you know what to expect from the Owen and Alan figures – if not, hit google and prepare to be awed (and broke). Check out the 1:6th Alan Grant + Owen Grady, and more below!



Stay tuned, as we will add more details and pictures to this article as they become available!

Be sure to listen to our latest podcast below where we interview Paul Francis, the Co-Founder and Art Director at Chronicle Collectibles:

Thanks again to Steven Ray Morris for the pictures!

Mattel will take over the Jurassic World license from Hasbro in late 2017

Mattel will now be the exclusive toy maker for Jurassic Park and World action figures. This is following yesterday’s news that Hasbro was unable to come to a new agreement with Universal Pictures for the Jurassic toy line. Hasbro has been the license holder for Jurassic Park since the first films toys hit shelves in 1992. Read the press release below!


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Building on an ever-expanding list of strategic collaborations with many of the world’s best-known entertainment companies, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) today announced that it has been awarded worldwide master toy licensee for Jurassic World beginning in July 2017. Under the terms of the deal, Mattel will design, produce and bring to market a wide variety of toys and consumer products inspired by the franchise and its multiple feature films, including the highly-anticipated next film, set for release in 2018.

“We are honored that NBCUniversal chose Mattel to help bring the Jurassic World brand to life, and we look forward to developing multiple new lines of innovative, engaging toys and products,” said Chris Sinclair, Mattel’s Chairman and CEO. “Spanning three decades of sustained worldwide popularity, few entertainment properties have so successfully captured the collective imagination of millions of fans around the world, and we are delighted to be a part of this truly evergreen franchise.”

Mattel’s license rights include a wide variety of products, including (but not limited to) action figures, play-sets, vehicles, games, plush, role-play, preschool, and activity toys. Mattel and NBCUniversal will begin to design and develop new lines immediately, with initial products hitting shelves in early 2018.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Mattel and broadening Jurassic World products worldwide. The appetite for the franchise globally is stronger than ever with consumers wanting more.  Mattel’s global support, creativity and category approach to expand our franchise makes them the best choice to partner with for this brand, bringing innovation, technology and a host of new ways to play,” said Vince Klaseus, President, NBCUniversal Brand Development. “Jurassic World is more than awe-inspiring blockbuster films, it’s a brand that has been reaching consumers for more than twenty years on everything from video games, toys and apparel, to theme park attractions and live events.  Our focus for the franchise is to continue to collaborate with best-in-class partners as we build and expand this iconic property into a mega-brand across our Universal platforms.”

This is uncharted territory for the Jurassic toy line. Hasbro has always owned the license, and Jurassic World 2 (w/t Ancient Futures) will be the first film without Hasbro toys. While the 2015 Jurassic World toys were a let down in quality and style, it’s uncertain if this new partnership will see the improvements the fans want.


In my opinion, Mattel is a mixed bag of quality. Their DC toys look straight out of the 90’s, which may have a nostalgic appeal for some, but aren’t up to Hasbro outputs with most. However, their latest 6″ Ghostbusters series is pretty great – it’s comparable to thenStar Wars Black Series, but not quite as good in quality. My hope is that Mattel looks at Hasbro and Kenners past Jurassic Park offerings that fans enjoyed, and crafts a line that sits next to them comfortably without a notable change in style.

Want to learn more? We discuss this news in our latest podcast – listen below!

Stay tuned as the news keeps pouring in, and be sure to sound off in the comments below!

Source: PRnewswire

Exclusive: Jurassic World 2’s working title is ‘Ancient Futures’

Hold on to your butts! It’s been a dry spell lately, annotated only by strange and uncertain happenings. While the Jurassic World sequel will begin filming early next year, news has been nonexistent. However, we now have something fun and worthwhile to report: the working title for ‘Jurassic World 2’ is “Ancient Futures“!


This news comes per the latest issue of Production Weekly, a film career magazine geared towards industry professionals following and finding jobs. Digging deeper to validate the authenticity of this report, we discovered that Universal Pictures owns a ‘Private Limited Company’ in London by the same name (Est. January 25th, 2016).

For those wondering, this does not mean the next movie will be called ‘Jurassic World Ancient Futures’. In fact, it’s highly unlikely. Working titles are often picked before the films final title even exists, and serve as a temporary production company to operate from. In the case of Jurassic World, its working title was “Ebb Tide” – another high profile example would be ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ with a working title of “Magnus Rex”.

While this may not tell us much about the movies actual title or plot, we do know production is gearing up. While we are not subscribed to Production Weekly, some details about potential job openings are included in the latest issue. Further, this news helps validate that London will be used as a locale (likely Pinewood Studios). We will be sure to look into this further, and share any details as they arise!

We discuss this news in our latest podcast – listen below!

As always, stay tuned for the latest news about everything Jurassic Park, and sound off in the comments below!

Source: Production Weekly

Breaking: Hasbro will lose the Jurassic Park license post 2017

Extinction is merciless, and it’s coming for the dinosaurs once again. Earlier today, Hasbro has announced they were unable to secure new deal with Universal Pictures for the Jurassic Park license and 2017 will be its final year producing items for the brand. CNBC covered the latest investors call, and reported the following:

The company, which makes a significant part of its revenue through licensed products, revealed that it would no longer handle “Jurassic Park” licensing after 2017 during its earnings conference call. Earlier, the company had posted quarterly profit and revenue that outpaced analyst estimates.

“We have had a many year relationship with Universal; we will no longer handle ‘Jurassic Park’ because they are unable to arrive at a mutually beneficial financial arrangement on that brand,” Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro, said during the call.

“Jurassic Park” was a headwind for the boys’ category in the latest quarter, and it would continue to have an impact into the third and fourth quarters, Goldner said.

Hasbro Jurassic Park

This is fairly depressing news. It’s no secret that Hasbro’s Jurassic World offerings were underwhelming, and a severe step down in quality compared to their past lineups. However, Hasbro has been the license holder since the original Jurassic Park (if you count them as Kenner due to their acquisition of the brand). I personally cannot think of another toy company out there capable of easily producing a toy line worthy of Jurassic Park’s action figure legacy.

While toy manufactures like NECA could do good things with the Jurassic brand for collectors, they would not create a line nearly as expansive as the past. This means removable dino-damage, vehicles, capture gear, and large, affordable electronic Tyrannosaurus Rex items are less certain going forward. Today’s news will mark a fairly large tonal shift for Jurassic toys, and it is likely the future lines will not be nearly as mainstream.

While Hasbro retains the Jurassic license up until the end of 2017, it is unclear if they will proceed with their plans of releasing toys. It is possible that both the 2016 ‘Dino Hybrids’ and 2017 ‘Raptor Squad’ line will see cancellations.

Update: Mattel is now in charge of the ‘Jurassic World’ license. Learn more!

Thanks to Brad Jost of the Jurassic Park Podcast for the heads up!

Source: CNBC, Wall Street Journal

Why has Universal Pictures splintered the Jurassic Park and World social media accounts?

Marketing can be a weird thing. Focus groups, key words, and target demographs are the typical forces that drive the decisions forward to making as big of a splash as possible. Our world today is ruled by social media: we want more stimulation faster, and if appropriate, in as an abbreviated format as possible. Because of this, platforms like Twitter thrive – the hyperfocus of a Tweet can capture attention with ease.


It’s no surprise then that Twitter is an important social media tool in the film industry. It is used to unify the online community with an official focal point, which can then be shared and networked beyond through hundreds of thousands of followers. As such, keeping a growing brand like Jurassic Park and World – which has numerous unofficial fan sites and social media accounts – unified for marketing synergy only makes sense. While Jurassic World did change its name, effecting marketing and branding, it is still the fourth film in Jurassic Park series.

Up until today, the social media accounts reflected that: on Twitter the account handle was @JurassicPark but the ‘account name’ and imagery was for Jurassic World. It reflected that the franchise was one, and helped bring fans of classic to the new, and fans of the new to the classic. However, now Universal Pictures has made the inexplicable decision to split the handles to @JurassicPark and @JurassicWorld, splintering their following.


Ultimately, this move unnecessarily confuses and dilutes the brand by splitting its potential followers in two. What happens if those following @JurassicPark still want news for the next film, but don’t realize the other account exists? Or perhaps an inverse scenario, where fans of the newest film would be interested in news about happenings revolving around the classic trilogy – however, they aren’t following the other account as its existence isn’t necessitated by common sense nor current marketing trends. And if they both share the same news, why split the accounts in the first place?

Jurassic World was the 4th highest grossing film of all time in the box office, making over $1.6 billion dollars worldwide. However, it only has 178,000 followers on Twitter – as opposed to Star Wars with 2.3million followers and Marvel with over 4 million. The Jurassic brands online presence does not nearly match its box office strength or recognition, and splitting the accounts will not help with its true potential in growth. Of course, to grow the social media accounts would require activity which also felt organic and genuine in tone; unmanufactured. As it stands now, they are neither.

It can be frustrating to be a fan of the Jurassic franchise. While as fans we are not owed anything (an inflated sense of entitlement can often lead to unwarranted toxicity between the studio and fandom), it’s easy to see the potential the brand has to excel, yet there is a palpable lack of enthusiasm – or perhaps confidence – from the studio to hit those marks. Some of the most frequent non-toy and non-videogame questions we receive from other fans are ‘Will there be a Jurassic World artbook?’, ‘Where are the Jurassic Park and World comics’ and ‘Will there be new movie canon tie-in novels?’. The opportunity to expand the fiction (and brand strength by association) into new territory is ripe, and utilizing the momentum Jurassic World presented is essential. Yet it’s radio silence, and minimal visible output abroad.


However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Yes, the rant is over for the time being – lets talk the future, and what we can infer from the splitting of the accounts. First and foremost, ‘Jurassic Park’ is not dead. By giving @JurassicPark its own social media account it’s clear the classic trilogy will continue to see new merch and media going into the future – alongside the current Jurassic World film merch and media. With a slick new logo similiar to the current DVD offerings, which is quite different from the nostalgic original, it’s clear they’re utilizing brand imagery that is meant to operate with today’s trends.

As for Jurassic World: those who didn’t believe the title and branding were here to stay should reconsider. When the accounts split, one had to start anew while another would keep the existing followers. The handle @JurassicWorld was given the existing 178k followers, meaning it will be the brand and marketing powerhouse moving forward, @JurassicPark the niche. So yes, while we do not yet know the name of the fifth Jurassic movie, it will certainly include ‘Jurassic World’ as opposed to ‘Park’ or something entirely new.

Ultimately, it’s exciting to know that as we get closer to the release of the Jurassic World sequel, classic Jurassic Park will remain relevant. We’ve heard buzz that a toy line inspired by the classic Jurassic films could be targeting 2017 alongside ‘Raptor Squad’, and this seems to give it further legitimacy. While the splitting of the brands seems to be a convoluted misstep, it’s nice to see the Jurassic Park logo on social media once again.

As always, sound off in the comments below and stay tuned for the latest news!

New Trailer drops for JA Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’

If you’re looking for something to tide you over during this drought of Jurassic World 2 news, then getting acquainted with J.A. Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’ is the place to start!

A new trailer has just been released for the film which is based on the award winning children’s fantasy novel and stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson. Bayona is attached to direct the Jurassic World sequel, which begins production early next year.

“12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.”

‘A Monster Calls’ is due for release this October.

Chronicle Collectibles tease upcoming Night Vision Goggles replica!

Chronicle Collectibles – who recently acquired the Jurassic Park license – are busy preparing their display of upcoming products for the San Diego Comic Con, which begins on July 21st. The company currently has three Jurassic Park items available to order through their website, the 1/5th scale T-Rex bust from The Lost World, the Stegosaurus from The Lost World, and their latest: a statue of the T-Rex Breakout scene in Jurassic Park!

Chronicle have been teasing a number of their products for the upcoming event later this month, and today they shared a picture of the night vision goggles that Tim uses in Jurassic Park.


In the comments, Chronicle stated: This is a prototype we are borrowing for Comic Con. We are scanning the original goggles and will reproduce them faithfully to the screen accurate pair from JP and JW. This will be a Christmas PO….

The team at Chronicle also revealed their 1:1 scale Compy which has been cast from an original Stan Winston! They are also working on 1:1 Velociraptor head busts, which they also have teased over at their Facebook page.

Compy1      Raptor1
Which piece are you most excited to see? Have you purchased any of their current products? What would you like to see? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

New Jurassic World previs showcase early Raptors and alternate takes on scenes

As Jurassic June 2016 roars to a close, new previs from Jurassic World has surfaced from Michael Cavanaugh (Tippet Studios) and Halon Entertainment. Previs, short for pre-visualtiation, is a placeholder animation technique used in filmmaking to help visualize what the final scene will look like in advanced. It is often used in intricately choreographed action scenes, or VFX heavy sequences.


The two videos below focus on a few key VFX points in the movie: the mainstreet attack, & final battle (Halon), plus the introduction to the Velociraptors, as well as their first encounter with the Indominus (Tippet Studios). What’s interesting is how closely the final scenes match the previs, with a few differences. Check out the videos below, and then read on!

Jurassic World Previz from Michael Cavanaugh on Vimeo.

Jurassic World Previs Reel from Halon Entertainment on Vimeo.

What stands out initially in these videos is the different look of the Velociraptors. In the reel from Michael Cavanaugh the raptors seem to be male Jurassic Park 3 variants, without the quills, each a different standout color. Interestingly many pieces of Jurassic World merch, such as raptor plushies, match these designs and colors. The other notable standout in Michael’s reel is the intense alternate introduction of raptors, as they corner the pig and slowly stalk it before Owen calls them off.

Previs Halon Pteran

The reel from Halon more closely matches the scenes in the film, and much like the other it seems to be utilizing raptors based upon the male JP3 models – however, these are not uniquely color coded and are utilizing a reddish copper texture. Like the other raptors, this was also seen in early merchandise in the form of an unreleased Hasbro toy. Also visible is alternate Pternaodon model during the mainstreet attack, which I personally prefer to overly monstrous final film model (also in the reel).

It’s always fascinating to see the behind the scenes hard work that goes into making a film, from multiple talented individuals. Witnessing how a film evolves from script, to art, to previs, and ultimately the final product truly showcases the multiple creative forms that film goes through via the collaborative work of numerous artists. This again leads to a point brought up numerous times on this website, and fans abroad: where is the ‘making of’ documentary showing this, and where is the ‘art book’ that dives deeper?


June 2016 was the 23rd anniversary of Jurassic Park, 1st anniversary of Jurassic World and the 2 years until Jurassic World 2 – yet Universal and the Jurassic Park social media accounts did not acknowledge these points at all. It’s strange and frustrating as a fan of the franchise to see how the license holders continue to sleep on it, seemingly unenthused by the properties many potentials. To help grow this amazing community of fans that exist, Universal needs to further embrace these opportunities and break this continued radio silence.

I hope you all had a great Jurassic June! I know that I promised a breakdown of the unreleased Jurassic Park cartoon this month, however my schedule ended up far busier than I anticipated. It’s still coming, and soon, but it didn’t quite make the cut for June.

Stay tuned, there’s lots more to come – lets hope some official news is inbound as well, perhaps San Diego Comic Con 2016? Jurassic World is slated to begin filming in about 9 months, so surely news is on the horizon. Either way, Chronicle Collectibles will be unveiling more official Jurassic Park and World products at SDCC, so at least there is something. Sound off in the comments below, and remember, if you have news be sure to share!